Doors are swinging open this weekend - private doors – some having never been open to the public. It’s the stuff of sticky beak heaven, peering into rooms and climbing stair cases usually reserved for close friends and family. With more than 40 buildings open over two architecture-filled days make sure your schedule is open and your eyes wide. From synagogues to a hidden tennis court to a zoo where Tasmanian tigers once roamed and art centres, this is Hobart like you’ve not had access to.
We’ve included some photos below to whet your appetite, but don’t blame us if you’re day is filled with hopping from one open door to the next. When else can you peek about the bowels of Salamanca Arts Centre in warehouses where some of our finest creative minds hunch over fine-crafted works. When else can you run your hand of Colonial Mutual Life building tiles that have decorated the city skyline in a way that should be celebrated more often. Trust us, you’ll tilt your head skyward every time you pass once you’ve been up there.
Take a little preview below then prepare your own architectural menu. Say hi to those on the door, most will be volunteers who love their home patch. Be sure also to head up to Domain House where we attended the launch party – and walk the boards of this former University campus. While you’re in the neighbourhood pop into Wombat One at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, the aforementioned zoo, and Government House with its nearby grazing cows.
Day 1 | 38 buildings in Hobart city and suburbs, including the Hobart Synagogue, Colonial Mutual Life, Real Tennis Club, Sustainability Learning Centre, Salamanca Arts Centre and Moonah Arts
Day 2 | Make a day of it on the Domain where five buildings are open to the public, including Government House, Domain House, Beaumaris Zoo, Queen Victoria Gunpowder Magazine and Wombat One at the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens.
The oldest synagogue building in Australia also happens to be a trapezium. We don’t know what that means, but we’re going to find out. You should too….
Head up the Tas Ports Tower – a ‘donut in the sky’ with some stellar views as expected!
Head for the zoo, close your eyes and imagine the last Thylacine in captivity, snow leopards, elephants, and of course polar bears in Hobart.
Hadley’s Orient Hotel is well known to most, but who knew it used to be home to a roller rink?
Shipping Container House – this is a building site at Mount Nelson – the first container prototype on a 10 hectare lot. There will be a total of 17 containers once complete.
Want to peek in the Bell Tower of St. David’s Cathedral? Well this weekend you can. Just don’t ring the bell as much as you’re tempted.
That stuff in our taps has to come from somewhere. Find out where on this somewhat intriguing tour of the Hill St Reservoir.
We know Mount Nelson, but who’s familiar with Fort Nelson? This is the hippest sunken lounge and communal fireplace we’ve come across.
You’ve seen the Town Hall, now it’s time to head for the underbelly. Go underground.
The Barn is the coolest – young architects have turned this 1829 Georgian barn into an ultra-stylish accommodation offering.
A former fish and chip shop....now an award winning home.
Find out what’s coming to Collins Street. It’ll give you new reason to explore Hobart’s laneways.
Now every city has a pod on top of a building. We’ve had the joy of dining in this lofty omni-pod. It’s incredibly special.
Your launch pad for exploring Tasmania like a local.